When buying or selling a home, the kitchen is one of the most important decision factors. A complete kitchen overhaul can be costly and more likely you won’t get the money back in the sale. You don’t need to break the budget to give your kitchen a fresh new look. Consider making simple upgrades to increase home value.
Maximize appeal and increase home value with these simple kitchen upgrades.
Dress up old tiles.
Spruce up boring kitchen backsplash tiles with tile tattoos. It’s a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-do project. You can create a complete makeover in just minutes with these waterproof removable tile decals like the ones shown above from 2Jane.com. The site offers an assortment of design patterns and colors to choose from. Add a pop of color and charm to your kitchen.
Paint the cabinets.
Painting your existing cabinets is a low-cost solution that can revive a dull kitchen. All you need to give your kitchen a fresh updated look are sandpaper, paintbrushes, paint, and some elbow grease. An awesome tip to save hours on sanding is to use a surface prep product like Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser that can be found at most hardware and home improvement stores.
In addition to painting existing kitchen cabinets, it’s a good idea to replace drawer and cabinet pulls with new ones.
Replace the sink faucet.
Perhaps it’s time to change out that old kitchen faucet with a stylish new one. Spot resistant finishes and pull-out faucet heads are a great investment. Visit your local hardware store to check out the different styles and finishes that complement your kitchen.
Change or add lighting.
Upgrade dated light fixtures with modern ones. Add some personality with a pendant light or chandelier. Consider installing under-cabinet task lighting to provide adequate light above work spaces.
These simple kitchen upgrades will do wonders to create a fresh look and increase home value. And when you’re ready to sell your home For Sale by Owner, be sure to include quality photos of the updated kitchen in your online listing.
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